snowblower chain tension and lub

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Old 12-18-07, 06:01 PM
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Hello! I broke the chain while clearing the snow off my driveway.Need to know the proper chain tension for my old MTD,5hp,20 inch,1979 snowblower.Should it be tight or just a bit slack.Also,what should I use to lube the chain...seems like regular motor oil doesn't stay too long since the auger area is always wet with snow.Thank for your help!
 
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Old 12-19-07, 02:16 AM
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It would be helpful if you posted the ID numbers of the thrower and which chain you are writing about. Being a '79, you could have several drive chains...two or more in the wheel drive train and one or more related to the auger drive.
 
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Please read my post carefully...I'm talking about the auger chain.Thanks
 
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Old 12-19-07, 08:33 AM
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Please post the model number.
 
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Old 12-20-07, 02:37 PM
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Snowblower is a 1978-79 MTD 5HP, 20 inch.Model# 318-230-514 This model was made for EATON'S department store in Canada under the brand name Viking.Thanks for you help
 
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Old 12-21-07, 02:20 AM
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At the half way point between the drive and driven sprockets and on the slack side of the chain (top) you should have about 1/2" total deflection and you should use motorcycle chain lube.
 
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Thank you! I browsed the MTD website and found a parts manual along with schematics for my old snowblower.
 
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